The headwaters are the part of the river that is most likely to be preserved in a somewhat wild state. As a modest watercourse that flows down steep valleys, it escapes the deadly human traffic to some extent. Even if we now have to deal with competition from canyoning enthusiasts who confuse torrents and toboggans, those who accept the demands of the steep slope, the scabrous passages on the rocks or in the dense vegetation, make their way to places of incredible beauty, magical jewels under the trees, in the folds of the ground.
And there are often trout. Small, lively and fearful. Demanding, like the mountain. You don't fish streams when you're looking for yield. But it is such a joy to feel between one's frozen fingers the gleaming body of a small snarling trout that escapes in a splash... And to make the happiness complete, one can fish them with a dry fly, and experience the wonderful pleasure of the surface touch. Very often the palmer disappears in a brutal explosion, and no matter how big the fish is, it is a great adrenaline rush at that moment.
This fishery is essentially a game of precision. The pockets of water you are looking for are generally very small, surrounded by violent and contradictory currents. You have to master the landing, both of the fly and the leader, to gain a second or maybe two of natural drift. Micro-stations are fished very closely, usually hidden by the rocks and the noise of the water. For this fishery, distance considerations do not exist. In any case, you should look for a rod that can work with a very short line, and that offers enough flexibility to keep the fight with a palm-long trout interesting.
For the length, on the other hand, there are at least two schools of thought. You may like a very short rod, which will be at ease in complex environments where overhanging branches and rocks limit your movements. Or you may prefer to go the other way and choose a long rod, which you will use in a tenkara spirit: with a short rod, you will fish almost under the tip of the rod, or at short distance with crossbow casts.
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